Motoexotica Classic Cars
2340 Cassens Dr.
St. Louis, MO
St. Louis, MO
1960 Morris Minor 1000 1/4-ton Pickup
Sold new in Washington State, where it lived until 2007
Total restoration done in the mid-2000s
.95L inline four-cylinder engine
Four-speed manual transmission
Cream exterior and brown interior with bucket seats
Oaken cargo floor with canvas bed cover
Minilite alloy wheels
Collectors who want that final linchpin vehicle for their collection or classic truck enthusiasts who seek something unusual should visit MotoeXotica Classic Cars and check out this 1960 Morris Minor 1000 -ton Pickup Truck.
The Moggy Truck, as they became affectionately known in the UK, was the work of Sir Alec Issigonis, who would later design the original Mini Cooper.
This left-hand drive Morris was sold new in Longview, Washington. It was purchased in 1994 from the original owner by J. Smalley of Silverdale, Washington, who drove it as a fun weekend toy. He then sold it to K. McBride of Seattle, Washington, in 2004. Mr. McBride did a total restoration on this truck to use for promotion in his business, hence the modern wheels and tires. In 2007, Mr. McBride sold a package of cars from his extensive collection to the current vendor. Great history and a very expensive restoration make for a show ready, excellent driving Morris Minor -ton truck.
Under the bonnet is a .95L inline four-cylinder engine backed by a four-speed manual transmission.
This truck rides on Michelin Harmony radials, size 175/70R13, at all four corners and the tires wrap around Minilite alloy wheels. The wheels and tires are in overall very good order.
The cream paint and trim are in overall excellent condition and the wee trucks bodywork is straight and solid. One can see the family resemblance to the Morris saloons from the B-pillars forward, particularly as the front fenders are faired into the doors. The trucks engine bay is very tidy while the front bumper looks great. In back, the bed has a newer oaken and steel floor along with a full-sized spare tire mounted to a matching alloy wheel. Covering the bed is tan canvas-like material supported by a handful of metal rods.
Inside, the brown bucket seats look fantastic, as does the corresponding carpeting. The neutral headliner and three-spoke, body-colored steering wheel are in similar shape. The metal, body-colored dashboard is in excellent order, with its ahead-of-its-time center-mounted gauges. The inner door liners are in very good order.
The Morris Minor debuted at the Earls Court Motor Show in London on September 20th, 1948. Over its total production run, more than 1.3 million were manufactured between 1948 and 1971. Issigonis design concept was to combine the luxury and convenience of a good motor car at a price affordable by the working classes, and as a result the Morris Minor was a very common family car in the 50s and 60s in the UK. The Minor was a roomy vehicle with superior cornering and handling characteristics for its time. While its 0-60 mph time was a sedate 30 seconds, it sipped petrol at an impressive 40 mpg (Imperial).
Closed van and open flat-bed (pick-up) versions of the Minor were built from 1953 until the end of production. They were designed for commercial use with small businesses, although many were also used by larger corporations. Both the van and the pickup differed from the monocoque construction of the Saloon and Traveller variants by having a separate chassis. They also differed in details, such as telescopic rear dampers, stiffer rear leaf springs and lower-ratio differentials to cope with heavier loads.
The commercial versions were initially marketed as the Morris Quarter Ton Van and Pick-up, with a Series III designation applied from 1956.
This truck is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 20,694 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt title. GET OUT AND DRIVE!!!
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